Andrew Keenan-Bolger: Five Coming Out tips!
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One of the things I’m asked most about in my DMs is if I have any advice on how to come out. In honor of Pride, I’m sharing five tips that helped me accept — and be proud of! — my sexuality. These are by no mean one-size-fits-all solutions and I recognize that as a cis-white male, I’ve been afforded privileges that are not necessarily available to everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. I can only speak to my own experience, but these are things I wish someone had told me when I was a gay kid growing up in the Midwest. . 1) COME OUT TO YOURSELF! It might seem small, but accepting yourself is by far the hardest and most important step you can take. . 2) MAKE SURE THAT YOU FEEL SAFE! There’s no denying that many people have negative experiences, so having a safety plan is crucial. If there’s ever any question, reach out to a professional. You can call or text the @TrevorProject — a 24-hour lifeline that helps LGBTQ+ people in crisis. . 3) COME OUT TO ONE PERSON! Find a friend, parent, sibling or teacher who you trust. Having even just one ally will make a world of difference. . 4) IT’S NOT A RACE! Don’t feel the need to put a label on what you are. Even as you get older, your understanding of your gender identity and sexuality can change. Eventually you will find an identity that feels right. . 5) START LIVING! Being honest and accepting of yourself is more than just lifting a burden — it’s putting on a suit of armor.